Govind Narasimhan


Number of Years in Research Administration: 31

Institutions: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.


Govind Narasimhan started his career in Research Administration in 1985 at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he served for 16 years before accepting a position at UTMB Galveston where he served for 6 years from 2001. In 2007 Govind accepted a position at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he currently serves as the Director of Research Finance. Govind’s professional tenure includes oversight or federal and non-federal sponsored projects including industry sponsored clinical trials, designated & restricted gifts, endowments, and internal unrestricted designated funds. At all of his Universities,  Govind’s responsibilities included working with faculty from basic sciences as well as clinical departments, and from a central office role, providing leadership and oversight of post award/financial aspects of sponsored projects administration, promoting compliance and service orientation. Govind’s experience includes serving as functional lead for mainframe legacy systems enhancements as well as serving as functional lead for PS grants, AR/BI and KK implementation and upgrades. His reporting and operational role at MD Anderson include serving as co-chair of the institutional space survey committee, submitting the F&A proposal and negotiating F&A rate with DHHS, supporting the submission of the Medicare Cost Report, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Survey and the NSF Survey of research expenditures and serve as audit liaison. 


His current responsibility includes policy setting, influencing policy and business process to promote efficiencies and reduce administrative burden on basic and clinical department researchers and physicians. At an institutional level he serves on the Endowment Compliance Committee, Financial Compliance Committee and as ex-Officio on the Centers and Institutes Strategic Planning Committee. He also represents his institution by serving on the UT System Endowment Compliance Working Group as well as serving as the responsible party to submit the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) report, Chronicle of Philanthropy Survey and provider of financial information associated with several aspects of his institutions research enterprise including protocol research. In his current role Govind manages a team that is responsible for establishment, reporting and management and oversight of fund groups that collectively account for over $750 million in research outlays and operational oversight of earnings from endowments totaling a market value of over $1 billion. 


Govind has functioned as a peer reviewer for one PUI (public/state of TX component) and one academic medical center (also a public/state of TX health component) as well as two informal review which included a PUI and a Cancer Center / Hospital including offering a training session in the area of clinical research financial administration. As an active member of NCURA, Govind has served as Chair for NCURA region V, Chair of Professional Development Committee (PDC) NCURA region V, besides recently receiving the NCURA region V DSA. At the national level Govind has served on the NCURA Nominating and Leadership Committee, the NCURA presidential task force for educational programming and currently serves a co-chair for the NCURA 2017 FRA conference. He has served as workshop faculty, discussion group lead has also presented concurrent sessions at the regional as well as national conferences on topics like Post Award Fundamentals, Risk management, Managing Audits, Understating F&A and Service Centers to Managing Clinical Trials including discussion session on Participant Compensation, Metrics & Data Analytics including contributing an article on metrics and data to the NCURA magazine. . His recent experience includes serving as a onetime/one course faculty to teach “Financial Accounting and Compliance Audit” course for the Johns Hopkins University masters in research administration program and serving as a guest lecturer for “Grant Writing and Management for the School of Economic & Political Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

NCURA Peer Program engagements are priced as a flat fee, scaled to the sponsored programs total active award dollars in the last fiscal year, regardless of type of Peer Program engagement.